The Council of Europe and Family Policy

Child day care – a service for children

Child day-care is often primarily seen as a service allowing parents to pursue employment. While this is certainly a major purpose of child day care, the Council of Europe puts the child’s perspective in the centre and takes into account the central importance of children’s rights.
Child day-care must respond appropriately to the needs of children, which include the need to be able to grow up and develop according to their own capacities, the need for security, stability and confidence in their environment, and the need for unconditional love and acceptance.

In its Recommendation Rec(2002)8, the Committee of Ministers recommends that governments take action to promote accessible, affordable, flexible and good quality child day-care services.
General principles on child day-care: